November 03, 2015

Technically Speaking - November 3, 2015

HELLO AND WELCOME TO THE TECHNICALLY SPEAKING ANNIVERSARY! Yes, it’s been a whole year since we met up in Copenhagen and decided to start a newsletter. From Eastern Europe to Easter Island, we’ve sent out no more than weekly, now to nearly 2000 of you, and we have had so much fun doing so! The best bit of all is hearing from people who are speaking and credit this newsletter for helping them do that. Thank you so much!

So to help us celebrate here’s the plan: we’re going to set our public speaking goals for 2016 together. Tweet about it, or blog about it, include some highlights from 2015 if you want (we’d love to read them!) and then fill out this form so we can find it. Of course we won’t ask you to do anything that we won’t do ourselves, and we’ll share our speaking goals next week!

The idea of Technically Speaking was to scale to the mentoring we already did, but it’s clear that sometimes people need a little more. To that end, we’ve asked some of our amazing friends - experienced speakers who we admire - to offer 1:1 1 hour mentoring sessions. If you participate in our anniversary, you qualify for a 1:1 mentoring session, so just indicate in the form that you want one.

If you didn’t manage to find Cate during her various adventures recently and so didn’t get a Technically Speaking sticker… for a limited time only we have tshirts you can order! We think they would look great on stage...

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This week Technically Speaking comes to you from Amsterdam.

Our upcoming talks: Chiu-Ki is speaking at AnDevCon.

We’d love your support for a future edition of Technically Speaking [more info]. We’re currently booking for late-December onwards.

Call for Proposals

Event date: March 4, 2016
Location: London, UK
Submission deadline: Dec 20, 2015
Travel expenses covered: Speaker fee of £500. Some budget for travel.

Event date: May 18 - 20, 2016
Location: Warsaw, Poland
Submission deadline: By April 4, 2016. May close earlier if line-up is full.
Travel expenses covered: Yes, plus speakers’ payment.

Link Roundup

The fall out from Cate’s refusal to speak at a conference without a code of conduct continues, to the point where Cate is in social media lockdown. Cate is fine, just practising self care, and wrote about what you can do to help [read it][tweet it]. We believe that a Code of Conduct is a minimum standard for inclusivity, and we do not speak at conferences without them, nor do we share conferences that do not have proper a Code of Conduct in Technically Speaking.

A man (specifically @joelarson4) shared his thoughts on attending GHC [read it][tweet it]. Key quote, “The women at GHC succeeded in making the male minority feel welcome and included. If only our industry as a whole could consistently provide that level of inclusion to women.”

Great resource - stock photos of women of color in tech [read it][tweet it]. We’re excited to see these and hope people will use them to create more inclusive presentations!

We love the idea of Who Pays Speakers [read it][tweet it]. Speaking at conferences can be costly, and the opacity around what’s covered can be a challenge - submit your story and get a sense of others. One thing that struck us was how many people were taking unpaid or vacation days to speak.

Are you an introvert? @jonfhancock recommends the book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain, which helped him realize that there is nothing wrong with introversion [read it][tweet it]. Key quote: “I still have important knowledge to share, and it is unfair to the world if I keep it to myself”.


@_tessr organized !GHC because she did not want to miss out, and it turned out to be a wonderful event on its own [read it][tweet it]. She had a great lineup of speakers, and found a sponsor to film the event so others can enjoy it too!

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Chiu-Ki [ twitter | blog | lanyrd ]
Cate [ twitter | blog | lanyrd ]